• February 07, 2023

Two Seriously Injured in Auto Accident on New Trail Road in Bastrop County, TX

Bastrop County, TX — August 11, 2022, a 52-year-old man and woman were seriously injured in a crash with another vehicle on New Trail Road in Bastrop County.

Authorities say the incident happened around 5:05 p.m. on New Trail Road near Fredrickson Road. Preliminary investigation suggests a Toyota Camry was headed northeast on the roadway as the victims' Dodge Durango was traveling southwest nearby. Investigators alleged the Toyota driver began to pass some other vehicles that had stopped in the roadway to drop people off, but collided with the oncoming Dodge during the pass attempt.

The Dodge's driver and passenger were seriously injured in the crash. The Toyota driver sustained possible injuries.

No further information is currently available.

Some may see the basics laid out above and assume there's little else to say about this crash, but as always I think it's best to look carefully and check for details or issues that might have been missed the first time around. For instance, I see at least one thing that doesn't readily make sense: How exactly did the people in a beefy mid-size SUV get hurt so much worse than the one in the compact car?

To be clear, I'm glad the Toyota driver escaped mostly unscathed. I'm just puzzled about how, considering how things reportedly went down. It might just have been a coincidence, but it's important to check into possible explanations. One I see is that multiple airbags reportedly deployed to protect the Toyota driver and only the front airbags went off in the Dodge. Why didn't all the SUV's airbags go off if the car's did? Would their deployment have helped protect the occupants? Is it possible they malfunctioned or weren't properly calibrated? Did anyone check that during the investigation?

I'm not saying this crash has to be more complicated than it seems at first glance, but long experience in my field makes me notice discrepancies and missing details. They often mean there are questions that nobody got around to answering at the time, but I sincerely hope authorities came along later and connected those dots. At the very least, those injured folks deserve to know they have the whole story.

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